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First day of summer brings scorching heat to South Florida

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-23 19:06:38-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The first day of summer brought scorching heat, and temperatures will stay in the 90s this weekend with the heat index feeling like it’s as hot as 105 degrees outside.

The heat and humidity can be dangerous for you and your pets.

The ASPCA recommends taking your dogs out early in the morning or in the evening hours to avoid the high temperatures.

Gabrielle Maran said she takes her dog Sasha out, but keeps a close eye on her.

"Always bring water wherever I go if we are going to do anything," Maran said.

While people can cover their feet, dogs cannot.

Veterinarians said a simple way to check the pavement is to put your hand or foot down for several seconds, and if it's too hot for you, then it's too hot for your dog.

The high temperatures can also put people at risk for heat-related illnesses. Any plans to be outside need to have plenty of water and shade.

Delray Beach Ocean Rescue said this is the time of year when they see the more heat-related emergencies at the beach.

Division Chief Phil Wotton said the first signs of heat-related illness can be dizziness or excessive sweating, and if you don't cool your body down, it can become heat stroke.

"Heat stroke is a more life-threatening situation in which you are sweating mechanics shut down and you are burning up inside and you are hot and dry to the touch. Heat exhaustion you have cool, moist, and clammy skin," said Wotten.

Wotton added if someone starts to have symptoms of heat-related illness, get help from a lifeguard or call 911.